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MOROCCO
IN A TRANSFORMATIVE CULINARY & CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

DATES: 19 - 28 FEBRUARY 2021
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CÚRATE Trips takes you in this amazing 10-day tour across Morocco  – the land where time stands still – by the exotic cities of Fez and Marrakech, as well as several fascinating terracotta-colored towns made from adobe and historic sites along the way. We’ll learn all about this vibrant country and its world-famous cuisine embracing the Mediterranean Diet from our cooking classes and interactions with locals to tours around its markets. We’ll get the chance to learn how to make some of Morocco’s most delicious dishes such as tagine or zalouk; visit ancient kasbahs; and get to sleep in the desert under the stars. Our journey will take us from the labyrinthine Medina of Fez with over 9,000 streets to the impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou and on to the dazzling city of Marrakech with its exquisite architectural sights, all while sampling Morocco’s delectable food and drink along the way.

 

 

 

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ITINERARY

CÚRATE in partnership with the specialist food and wine tour operator Paladar y Tomar provides the most seamless journey that only two in-the-know insiders can assure.

It’s time to discover this signature 10-day program across Morocco through enjoyable and comprehensive show-cooking and intimate visits, and only-well-connected experiences under the expert guidance of the local team and the most illustrious local cooks and professionals, while in the hands of the local connoisseurs from Paladar y Tomar.

Take part in a dream program that contains unimaginable visits in Northern Africa along with the valuable insight only locals can give, leaving you well versed in many foundations and techniques of Moroccan gastronomic culture and the Mediterranean soul.



FEB 19, 2021

DAY 1

WELCOME TO MOROCCO

Welcome to Fez, Morocco’s spiritual and cultural capital, where the medieval medina stands next to magnificent palaces and majestic religious schools and mosques. Our hotel is a magnificent riad, you’ll find yourself in an oasis of peace in the middle of the fervent city.

FEZ COOKING CLASS

Enjoy the first traditional Moroccan cooking class, where we’ll learn how to create some of the city’s most famous dishes. The class will starts with a visit to the maze-like souks to shop for various herbs, spices and other classic ingredients. We’ll then get to sit down together and sample our creations in our first dinner.

Meals included during the trip Dinner

Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarPalais Amani

FEB 20, 2021

DAY 2

EXPLORING FEZ'S ANCIENT MEDINA

We’ll enjoy a private tour of Fez and its medina, the world’s largest car-free urban area and the biggest labyrinth on the planet, where donkeys and carts still roam and rows of tanneries and fine leather shops can be found hidden down its maze of alleyways. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the medina was founded in the 9th century and is home to the oldest university in the world. In the 13th to 14th centuries it even replaced Marrakech as the capital of the kingdom. Today, many of its exquisite structures remain, including palaces, mosques, noble residences and fountains.

Our tour of the medina will be followed by a quality Moroccan lunch at a fine restaurant.

The afternoon will be free for you to do as you choose, whether that’s exploring the exotic Jnan Sbil gardens or visiting the intriguing Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts & Crafts or enjoying a  hammam purifying ritual back in the riad.

Meals included during the trip Breakfast, lunch

Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarPalais Amani

FEB 21, 2021

DAY 3

THE IMPERIAL CITY OF MEKNES

After breakfast, we’ll make our way to Meknes, a small town just west of Fez, a laidback and quiet place, yet with a grand and fascinating history. An imperial city, Meknes was once the home of the sultanate during the 17th century. On our tour, we’ll pass much of the city’s grand Moorish architecture, including opulent palaces, striking religious schools, grand mosques and the imposing city gateway.

MOROCCAN WINERY

The tour will be followed by a visit to one of the most renowned Moroccan wineries, where we’ll explore the vineyards and enjoy several tastings with lunch. Red, white and grey fair trade wines are produced in the region. After lunch, we’ll return to Fez, and get together for dinner.

Meals included during the trip Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarPalais Amani

FEB 22, 2021

DAY 4

ON THE WAY TO THE DESERT

Today we’ll travel from Fez to Merzouga, a small town within the Sahara Desert. Weather permitting, we’ll pass by Ifrane, high in the Atlas Mountains, and known for its Alpine-style architecture and ski slopes, or Azrou covered in cedar forests. We’ll then stop for a quick lunch in Middelt before arriving in Erfoud for our 4×4 ride to the Merzouga desert camp.

NIGHT IN THE DESERT

We’ll set right in the middle of undulating red sand dunes. This part of the desert is called Erg Chebbi. Legend has it that a noble family refused to help a poor woman in need, so God punished them by burying them under mounds of sand, which created the dunes. Here we’ll enjoy a camel ride at sunset to fully appreciate our magnificent surrounds. We’ll return to camp for a delicious dinner, where we’ll try medfouna a type of spiced Berber pizza, which is essentially fresh bread stuffed with meat and herbs, and cooked over the campfire. We’ll then retire to our luxurious tents for a night under the stars.

Meals included during the trip Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarDesert camp in Merzouga

FEB 23, 2021

DAY 5

FROM THE DESERT TO SKOURA

Today, we’ll transfer from Merzouga to Skoura, a fertile oasis on the edge of the desert, filled with vast palm groves. Along the way we’ll stop the Ksar El Khorbat Foundation set in an old ksar (fortified village) dating back 1860 built of soil. The Foundation aims at developing the economy of it’s inhabitants through the ecotourism. Here we’ll learn all about the nomadic Berber tribes, their culture and way of life. Enjoy a traditional home-made meal before heading to Skoura. On our way we’ll make a second short stop at the Todra Gorges.

DAR AHLAM

Upon arrival to Skoura we’ll be transferred in 4×4 to Dar Ahlam, a beautiful and secluded hotel, housed in a 9th century champagne-colored Moroccan castle, called a Kasbah. The rest of the afternoon will be free for you to relax and indulge in Dar Ahlam’s range of luxurious facilities.

You could choose to enjoy a traditional hammam or a revitalizing massage, swim in the outdoor heated pool or explore the gorgeous gardens before our dinner.

Meals included during the trip Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarDar Ahlam

 

 

FEB 24, 2021

DAY 6

SKOURA HIKE

This morning we’ll hike across the Skoura palm grove, situated along the Route of 1000 Kasbahs. We’ll be led by our knowledgeable local guide and learn all about the local agriculture and crafts, and the future of the region. After our active stroll, we’ll enjoy a delicious picnic lunch of traditional Moroccan produce.

AN INDULGENT DINNER

Back at Dar Ahlam, explore the hotel to find your private little corner in which to relax and unwind. Dinner tonight will be enjoyed in total privacy. There’s no set menu or dining area, instead chefs create dishes from gourmet recipes, using local seasonal produce sourced from nearby villages. Dining might be in space of this 19th century fortress lit by candlelight. Prepare to be blown away!

Meals included during the trip Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarDar Ahlam 

FEB 25, 2021

DAY 7

AIT BEN HADDOU

Today we’ll transfer from Skoura to Marrakech. Along the way we’ll make a stop at Ait Ben Haddou, located on the lower slopes of the soaring Atlas Mountains. A fortified village made from traditional mud brick, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most famous ksars in the region, and one of the best examples of typical southern Moroccan architecture. This giant sand castle-like structure was built around the 17th century, and today there are still several families who live there. Depending on the time available, we’ll walk up through the village, marvelling at the defense towers, gateways and motifs carved into the clay bricks. Time for lunch in the area, and time to continue our road through Tizi n’Tichka mountain pass before reaching Marrakech.

MAGIC DINNER IN MARRAKECH

Tonight, in the Red City, we’ll enjoy a meal at one of the locals’ favourite restaurants, where we’ll get to try an array of authentic dishes.

Meals included during the trip Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHotel La Mamounia

FEB 26, 2021

DAY 8

MARRAKECH

One of Morocco’s most exotic cities, Marrakech will dazzle all the senses. Known as the ‘ochre city’, Marrakech is filled with both grandeur and charm, from its mosques to its old medina. Today we’ll go on a city tour, visiting sites such as the lush Jardin Majorelle, which was designed by French painter Jacques Majorelle. It’s filled with elements of Moorish charm, as well as Art Deco touches, lotus-filled pools and exotic plants. Other places we’ll pass in the city include the grand 12th century Koutoubia mosque and the ornate Bahia Palace. Our city tour will be followed by a traditional and tasty lunch.

FREE EVENING

The evening will be free to do as you please, whether that’s shopping the rabbit warren of underground souks for glittering lamps or experiencing the sounds and smells of Jemaa el-Fnaa square, or simply stay at the Mamounia oasis to pamper yourself.

 Meals included during the trip Breakfast, lunch

Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHotel La Mamounia

FEB 27, 2021

DAY 9

MARRAKECH COOKING CLASS

Today we’ll take a cooking class in Marrakech and learn all the local tips for making the traditional dishes. The workshop will be conducted by a dada (a traditional Moroccan female cook). We’ll then eat our labor for lunch, before enjoying a relaxing afternoon.

FAREWELL DINNER

In the evening, we’ll be treated to a special surprise farewell dinner, details of which we can’t reveal!

Meals included during the trip Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHotel La Mamounia

FEB 28, 2021

DAY 10

END OF JOURNEY

Following breakfast, private transfer to Marrakech airport at your appointed time or continue your journey if you decided to extend your trip.

Meals included during the trip Breakfast

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PRICE & DATES

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DATES:

  • FEBRUARY 19 – 28, 2021 (9 nights / 10 days)

INCLUDED:

  • 9 Nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
  • 8 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Private deluxe transportation throughout
  • Private Fez & Marrakech Airport transfers in and out

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International flight
  • Personal purchases and expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical insurance with international coverage
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses

 

EXTENSIONS:

If you are interested in a pre or post extension trip:

 Contact us for extra arrangements.

PRICE:

Total journey: €7,900

*Rates are per person, on double occupancy, in Euros


BOOKING DEPOSIT:

– At the time of reservation: 25% of journey cost per person

– 90 days before departure: Balance due


TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

– Payment method: Bank transfer or major credit cards are accepted (Visa, American Express, Mastercard)

 

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THE EXPERTS



KATIE BUTTON
Chef Katie Button was born in the South, raised in the North, and educated in Europe. Now, she has returned to her roots as chef and owner of two unique restaurant concepts in Asheville, North Carolina: Cúrate Tapas Bar and Nightbell. Chef Button was a semi-finalist for the James Beard Rising Star Chef award from 2012-2014 and was a finalist in 2014, and also received a nomination for Best Chef Southeast in 2015. Chef Button was one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs of 2015.
FÉLIX MEANA
Originally from Roses, a small town on the Costa Brava in Catalunya, Spain, Felix Meana jumped in to the deep end of the hospitality industry at 19. Felix spent 5 years at elBulli before moving to America as service director for The Bazaar by José Andrés in the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. While working with Andrés, he met his wife Chef Katie Button and in 2010, Meana and Button founded the Heirloom Hospitality Group with Button’s parents and opened the awarded Catalonian-style tapas bar, Cúrate.
VALESKA IDARRAGA
Valeska inherited a taste for gastronomic culture from her French father and a talent for cooking from her Basque grandmother, a good reputed chef in that times. After studying Economics and Journalism in her native Barcelona, she went to Switzerland to pursue hotel management studies and she worked at some of the most prestigious hotels. Valeska speaks five languages. A Certified Sherry Wine Cellar Advance Expert, she is marketing director and manages client relationships and operations for Paladar y Tomar.
FERNANDO PAREDES
Fernando Paredes is the CEO, financial director, and wine expert of Paladar y Tomar. The Barcelona native was well into a career in economics when he discovered his true callings—travel, food, and wine. He entered the tourism industry as General Manager of a bespoke travel group, earned a degree in Food Event Design from the European Design Institute, and became a Certified Sherry Wine Cellar Advance Expert. Fernando’s journeys, and passion for food, have taken him to all corners of the world.

8 REASONS TO JOIN US ON THIS NEW TRANSFORMATIVE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

 

At CÚRATE Trips the excellence of the landscape’s cuisine along with its breathtaking natural surroundings, exceptional wine varieties, and tranquility of the hand-picked singular accommodations create a getaway unparalleled in value and authenticity.

 

THE MEDINAS
THE MEDINAS The old city medinas in Fez and Marrakech will take you on a journey back in time. Dating back to 9th and 11th centuries respectively, they offer a tangle of narrow streets surrounded by high walls and filled with old world charm. Donkeys and carts still roam the sandy streets, and souks are laden with treasures such as patterned ceramics, lavish rugs and sparkling lamps.
A FASCINATING HISTORY
A FASCINATING HISTORY Morocco has a varied and fascinating history, from the indigenous Berber tribes and the colonization by the Phoenicians to the Muslim conquest in the 8th century. On this tour, we’ll see evidence of this captivating history in the ancient medinas, the elegant mosques, the magnificent kasbahs and sumptuous palaces, blended with its captivating culture.
SAHARA DESERT EXPERIENCE
SAHARA DESERT EXPERIENCE The Sahara Desert is the largest hot desert in the world, spanning 3.5 million square miles across 11 different countries. You’ll get the chance to try the true desert experience, including camel rides at sunset and sleeping in a desert camp under the stars. You’ll also get to sample desert dishes, including medfouna, the Berber-style pizza.
COOKING WORKSHOPS
COOKING WORKSHOPS Experience cooking classes in both Fez and Marrakech and learn how to create colorful, flavorful authentic Moroccan dishes such as fragrant tajines, spiced couscous and delicious chicken with preserved lemon. We’ll learn the secrets of Moroccan flavors and get the chance to shop for ingredients in the bustling markets
CHARMING HOTELS
CHARMING HOTELS Stay in a range of hand-picked luxury hotels, each one unique: from an opulent riad and a luxury desert camp to a boutique hotel housed in an ancient Kasbah and the iconic Mamounia in Marrakech. The hotels we stay in are just as much part of the journey as the sights we see and the food we taste along the way.
THE ROUTE OF THE 1000 KASBAHS
THE ROUTE OF THE 1000 KASBAHS Spread out along 230km between Ouarzazate and Goulmima are around 1000 kasbahs, grand sand castle-like desert architecture, typical of southern Morocco. During our tour, we’ll see several of these kasbahs, and even get to stay in one.
EXOTIC CULTURE
EXOTIC CULTURE Morocco enjoys a unique culture that’s unlike any of its neighbouring countries. It’s an assault on all five senses with a delicious cuisine, a mix of Arabic and French influences, grand and lavish architecture, as well as bags of old world charm. We’ll also get to experience the original Moroccan culture of the Berber tribes in the desert.
MOROCCAN MINT TEA
MOROCCAN MINT TEA Sweet, pungent mint tea is one of Morocco’s most famous drinks. It’s served in small glasses from an elegant silver pot and is made with real mint leaves and lashings of sugar. More than just a drink however, Moroccan mint tea is full of tradition and has become a symbol of hospitality and friendship.
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HAND-PICKED ACCOMMODATIONS

CÚRATE, THE TRIP benefits from the expertise of Paladar y Tomar curating every hotel in search of the most unique nature of each location. This allows us to cater for every different type of personality and taste and have selected for this occasion singular hotels with immense value that enhance every moment. Our stories start from the moment you arrive.

 



Riad Palais Amani in Fez, Cúrate Trips
Riad Palais Amani
FEZ
Sitting just outside the historic Fez medina, this luxury riad offers a secret refuge in the middle of the city. It’s palatial style interior exudes opulence, from its ornate tiles and intricately-carved doorways to its grand pillars. Light minimalistic rooms are set around a lush lamp-lit garden. Spend your free time here relaxing in traditional hammam, enjoying fine cuisine or relaxing and enjoying the views from its cosy roof terrace.
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Desert Luxury Camp in Merzouga, Sahara Desert in Morocco, Cúrate Trips
Desert Luxury Camp
MERZOUGA
Merzouga offers the true desert camp experience, albeit with a touch of luxury thrown in. Set amid rippling terracotta sand dunes sit a handful of private traditional tents made from camel hide and furnished to the highest of standards. Forget blow up mattresses and torch light, here you’ll sleep on sumptuous beds in rooms decorated with lavish soft furnishings and elaborate electric lamps. Dinner will be enjoyed under the stars, and breakfast with the rise of the morning sun.
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Dar Ahlam, a place with soul in Skoura, Morocco
Dar Ahlam
SKOURA
Between the majestic Atlas Mountains and the rolling Sahara Desert sits Dar Ahlam, housed in a renovated 19th century Kasbah, enclosed by palm and almond groves. Rooms are decorated in a calming shade of butterscotch and feature all the latest mod-cons, as well as traditional old fireplaces and decorative wooden doorways. Enjoy your time here by indulging in a treatment at the hammam, relaxing by the palm-shaded pool or going for a walk in the gardens, filled with fragrant rose bushes and pomegranate trees. The chef also prides himself on his cuisine with all the organic ingredients sourced locally. At Dar Ahlam, there are no schedules, time is yours, to do with as you please.
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Hotel La Mamounia Marrakech, Cúrate Trips
Hotel La Mamounia
MARRAKECH
The most iconic hotel in Morocco, not just in Marrakech, La Mamounia is housed in a sumptuous palace. Inside, its extravagant architecture and design is unrivalled, oozing majesty and grandeur. Think splendid marble columns and Arabic archways, elaborately-carved tiles, bright glass lanterns and regal style bathrooms. Facilities include a relaxing spa where you can unwind and indulge, and the Grand Casino La Mamounia. The hotel also features four different restaurants, which offer a feast for the eyes, as well as the stomach.
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Destinations

Fez, Merzouga desert, Skoura and Marrakech

CÚRATE Trips brings you to four iconic Moroccan centres to explore their ancient history, rich architecture and exotic flavors. We’ll begin in Fez, Morocco’s ancient capital. Today, Fez may not be the capital, but it’s certainly the country’s cultural hub, filled with the ancient streets of the medina, opulent palaces and buzzing markets. The city’s souks are a treasure trove of aromatic herbs, spices, sweet dried fruit, which go into making some of its most iconic dishes. Here you’ll taste plates such as khlii, a cured dried meat and bastilla, a flakey saffron chicken pie. In the desert town of Merzouga, surrounded by sand dunes, you’ll sample medfouna, a Berber style pizza, under a starry sky.

In the palm-filled oasis of Skoura, in the surrounds of an ancient Kasbah, and now a luxury hotel, you’ll dine on a delicious array of dishes, from spiced meat skewers to herby Moroccan salads. We’ll end our tour in the city of Marrakech, surrounded by grand mosques and impressive palaces, which still evoke the spirit of a bygone era. Here we’ll tour the atmospheric square of Jemaa el-Fnaa, filled with swirls barbecue smoke and carts laden down with sweet apricots. Your taste buds will be treated to traditional dishes such as harira soup and hearty tajines here

Venture off the conventional with CÚRATE Trips in this spectacular 10-day adventurous and therapeutic escape.

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What they say about us?


I will remember the trip for the rest of my life as one of the best I have ever experienced!
- A traveler -
The olives at Gabriela's place were the best I've ever had in my life. I would kill for that recipe. Also the ones in Sergio's "gildas". Please let me know how or where could I relive that experience!
- A traveler -
This trip was life-altering for me. As my first visit to Spain, I fell in love with the country!


- A traveler -
Gary and I are still talking about what a great time we had on the trip to Spain and how much we enjoyed meeting you, Fernando and Felix. You did an amazing job and we so appreciated seeing Spain's beautiful cities, historical treasures and of course the wonderful food, wine and people!
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